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Anchorage powerlifter Ribic captures silver medal at World Games

  • Author: Beth Bragg
  • Updated: July 25, 2017
  • Published July 25, 2017

Anchorage powerlifter Priscilla Ribic lifted nearly 1,400 pounds Tuesday morning to capture the silver medal at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

The medal is Ribic's fourth in four appearances at the World Games, an international multi-sport competition held every four years.

Ribic, 44, earned her second silver medal — she also owns two bronzes — by lifting a combined 635 kilograms (1,399.9 pounds) in the squat, bench press and deadlift in the women's heavyweight open division. She won her first World Games medal in 2005.

Ribic posted totals of 235 kilograms in the squat, 160 in the bench press and 240 in the deadlift.

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In a post on USA Powerlifting Alaska's Facebook page, Ribic's training partner Natalie Hanson said Ribic's 635-kilogram total — which converts to 632.08 points on the Wilks calculator used by the sport of powerlifting — was a personal best.

"Priscilla loaded 260kg on her 3rd and final deadlift to try for the win and a new World Record, but just fell short," Ryan Carrillo, the Alaska chairman for USA Powerlifting, said in an email.

Brazil's Ana Castellain seized gold. She matched Ribic's total lifts of 635 kilograms but earned more points than the Alaskan — 651.83-632.08 — because she competed at a lower body weight. Yenifer Canelon of Venezuela took the bronze with 630.88 points.

Ribic's next big competition is November's World Open Powerlifting Championships in the Czech Republic. She claimed the silver medal at the 2016 meet.

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